A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'squirrel' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790-1830
Lot 134
A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'squirrel' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790-1830
Sold for HK$ 30,000 (US$ 3,870) inc. premium
Auction Details
A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'squirrel' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790-1830 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'squirrel' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790-1830 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'squirrel' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790-1830 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'squirrel' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790-1830 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'squirrel' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790-1830
Lot Details
A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'squirrel' snuff bottle
Jingdezhen, 1790-1830
7.68cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1230

    瓷胎模製粉彩松鼠形鼻煙壺
    景德鎮,1790~1830

    A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'squirrel' snuff bottle

    Famille-rose enamels on a creamy-white glaze on porcelain; with a flat lip; moulded and painted as a squirrel clinging to a bunch of grapes growing atop two leaves, the severed stem on his left side, the black pupils of the eyes surrounded by brown glaze with traces of original gilding; the neck with a wash of brown glaze and traces of gold enamel; the interior unglazed
    Jingdezhen, 1790–1830
    Length: 7.68 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.56/1.2 cm
    Stopper: gold enamel on porcelain, moulded with a formalized floral design; John Charlton, London, circa 1972

    Condition: some cracks in the glazing and flaws from the kiln; small chip, possibly repaired, outer lip on the underside; brown discoloration around the right ear of the squirrel; some flaking of enamels on the fruits

    Provenance:
    Robert Hall (1985)

    Published:
    Treasury 6, no. 1230

    With what appear to be the earliest models of naturalistic moulds, the mouth is simply a hole placed in the form (in the top of the head for models of Liu Hai or the upright Buddhist lions, or, if a reclining Buddhist lion, in the brocade ball between its paws). As the naturalistic form adjusts to its snuff-bottle function, a more standard snuff-bottle neck begins to be added to the naturalistic form, perhaps because it is easier to choose a standard stopper for a bottle with a neck, thus making life easier for the owner. A collar tends to look out of place on a bottle with no defined neck or lip (imagine it on any of the human-figural forms, for instance). This bottle has a distinct neck, looking as if it emerges from a snuff bottle enclosed by the naturalistic form. By the time one arrives at the unquestioned later Qing version of the form (see for instance Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, nos. 243 and 244), the neck is standard. The makers of that small group of later-Qing masterpieces, however, were unusually artistic about their wares. In the present case, they transformed the neck into an elongated segment of the main vine.

    This distinctive, pointy-nosed squirrel was one of the early standards. An example from a different mould appears in Chinese Snuff Bottles, no. 5, p. 58, fig. 40, with an even smaller head and a pointed nose, but obviously inspired by the same model. It, too, leaves the animal uncoloured and features coloured leaves and what we might call psychedelic grapes, painted in a variety of different and unlikely colours. Two other bottles of this model, from different moulds, are in the Gulland Bequest to the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1905 (White 1990, plate 115, no. 2), and Low 2002, no. 194.


    瓷胎模製粉彩松鼠形鼻煙壺

    瓷胎乳白釉上粉彩琺瑯;平唇; 模製畫松鼠 爬伏葡萄,松鼠眼睛圈有棕色釉及泧金的痕跡,頸上亦有淡棕釉及金彩琺瑯的痕跡;內壁不施釉
    景德鎮,1790–1830
    長﹕ 7.68 厘米
    口經/唇經: 0.56/1.2 厘米
    蓋:瓷胎金琺瑯彩,模印形式化的菊花紋,John Charlton,倫敦,約 1972

    狀態敘述:煆燒導致的裂縫及瑕疵,唇外沿下邊有微小的缺口,也許修補過,松鼠右邊的耳朵呈棕色變色,葡萄琺瑯 有所剝落

    來源﹕
    羅伯特.霍爾 (1985)

    文獻﹕
    Treasury 6, 編號1230

    說明﹕
    這條鼻口部尖尖的松鼠是早期像生造形的規範之一。不同模子製的有Chinese Snuff Bottles, 編號5, 頁 58, 圖40;那件也是無色動物,有色葉子,以及可稱為幻彩葡萄。同類不同模子的有White 1990, 插圖 115, 編號2及 Low 2002, 編號194.
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